Recyclass has published a new, practical guide called the Design Book, specifically aimed at designers and manufacturers of plastic packaging. The RecyClass Design Book explains the concepts of recyclability and design for recycling and provides a step-by-step explanation and guidance on how to design rigid and flexible plastic packaging to make it compatible with recycling. It defines general principles and explains how the RecyClass Design for Recycling Guidelines are to be interpreted.
As well, it covers the various sorting and recycling processes, and how they determine packaging recyclability.
Design for Recycling is a crucial, first step in ensuring that a product will be recyclable at the end of its use phase,’ said RecyClass Chairman, Paolo Glerean, The RecyClass Design Book represents the result of the collaborative efforts of RecyClass members from across the value chain and supporters of the RecyClass initiative. The result is a scientifically verified and fact-based guidance that will foster a positive environment for innovation that opens the door for a circular plastic future.
RecyClass is a comprehensive cross-industry initiative that works to advance plastic packaging recyclability and to establish a harmonised approach towards recycled content calculation and its traceability in Europe. To that end, it has established a number of protocols and tools that serve as the basis for the Design for Recycling Guidelines, as well as offering both Recyclability Certifications for plastic packaging and Recycled Content Traceability Certification for plastic products.